A scholarship fund in Harlem, NY that
honors the memory of openly gay former Conn. State Senator Chuck
Allen is drawing gay celebrities.
That's not a surprise; towards the end
of his life Allen turned a lifetime of political networking into gay
activism. In 2004, when he moved to Harlem and came out, he
challenged Black churches to fight for gay rights with the same
fervor they had for civil rights.
Allen, who was African-American, died
in February at the age of 55.
Now his scholarship fund, the Senator
Chuck Allen III Scholarship Fund, has been established to help worthy
high-school students of color.
Their second fundraiser is drawing
high-profile gay leaders and celebrities.
Openly gay Conn. State Rep. Jason
Bartlett is hoping to present a scholarship award at the Everybody
Loves Chuck Harlem Week LGBT (& Peeps) Dance on Saturday,
Entertainment for the evening includes
cable channel Logo's Big Gay Sketch Show comedian Jonny
McGovern performing his newly released CD Gays Gone Wild.
And an edgy swim show will feature sexy
designs by Brazilian Trunks and DontBlynk.
The scholarship fund hopes to raise
money to benefit high school students of color studying accounting,
law, public or urban policy in the Tri-State area.
On the net: The Sen. Chuck Allen III
Scholarship Fund is at www.senatorchuckalleniiischolarship.tripod.com